Military Intel: In Harm's Way

Wars are won-and lost-not only by the regular troops and their commanders, but also by the soldiers who don't always work in uniform. Dropped behind enemy lines, they conduct war on a smaller, more intimate level, practicing acts of sabotage and inflicting small but significant wounds on the enemy. Often chosen for their ability to speak the local language and blend in with the citizenry, these soldiers took incredible risks, for capture almost certainly meant execution.

Featured Story: George Paris Davis

"I loved flying the surveillance and reconnaissance missions, because we were out with a really good mission of trying to find the bad guys."

(Video Interview, Part 1, 17:14)

George Paris Davis was one of only five soldiers in his Officer Candidate School class commissioned for duty other than infantry. His assignment was intelligence, which led him to flight school and sorties over North Vietnam and Laos on dangerous reconnaissance missions. Davis also became proficient in maneuvering helicopters, and he carried along his expertise when he was in charge of a unit flying recon over the DMZ in Korea and later at the Pentagon in coordinating photographic intelligence to support the U.S. invasion of Grenada.